Alvesco is an FDA-approved medication used to prevent and control symptoms of asthma in adults and children aged 12 years and above. It is not used to treat asthma attacks.
It contains the active drug, ciclesonide.
Generic name: ciclesonide
Brand name: Alvesco HFA
Drug class: Inhaled corticosteroids
Uses of Alvesco
It is used as a maintenance treatment to prevent and control symptoms of asthma in adults and children aged 12 years and above. Alvesco is not used to treat bronchospasm or acute asthma attacks.
How To Use Alvesco
Use Alvesco precisely as directed by your doctor. Follow your prescription guide. Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use it in bigger or lesser amounts or for longer than recommended.
It cannot treat an asthma attack quickly enough. In the event of an asthma attack, only use a fast-acting inhalation drug. If your asthma treatments don’t seem to be working as effectively as they used to, tell your doctor.
Patient instructions for safe and effective use, as well as for instructions for priming the inhaler device, are included with Alvesco. Pay close attention to the instructions. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
It is usually taken twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Pay attention to your doctor’s directions. After breathing this drug, rinse your mouth.
Before you use the Alvesco inhaler for the first time, or if you haven’t used it in at least 10 days, it must be primed. Refer to the patient instructions that came with your medication for instructions on how to prime the inhaler.
It could take up to four weeks for your symptoms to improve. If your symptoms do not improve after taking the prescription as advised, contact your doctor.
If you have surgery, are ill, are stressed, or have recently had an asthma attack, your dose requirements may change. Do not alter your medication dose or schedule without consulting your doctor.
If you think Alvesco is making your situation worse, contact your doctor straight once. You should not abruptly cease using Alvesco. To taper your dose, follow your doctor’s recommendations.
Keep Alvesco away from moisture and heat at room temperature. Keep the medicine canister away from open flames or extremely high temperatures, such as in a hot car. If the canister becomes too heated, it may explode. An empty inhaler canister should not be punctured or burned.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Alvesco. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on Alvesco’s potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
- sore throat
- back pain
- upper respiratory infection
- oral thrush
- joint pain
- nasal congestion
Severe side effects include:
- increased blood cortisol level
- increased risk of infection
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
An asthma attack can’t be treated quickly enough with Alvesco inhalation. In the event of an asthma attack, only use a fast-acting inhalation drug. If your asthma treatments don’t seem to be working as effectively as they used to, tell your doctor.
Steroids might decrease your immune system, making it easier to get an infection. Steroids can potentially exacerbate an existing infection or restart a previously treated infection. Tell your doctor about any illness or infection you’ve had in the last several weeks before using Alvesco.
Tell your doctor if you have TB, a mouth or throat infection (such as oral thrush), glaucoma or a history of cataracts, an eye herpes infection, or a personal or family history of osteoporosis before taking Alvesco.
If you’re also taking a steroid, don’t stop taking it all at once or you’ll experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Consult your doctor about gradually reducing your steroid dosage before fully stopping. If you think Alvesco inhalation is making your situation worse, call your doctor straight away.
If at all possible, stay away from persons who are sick or infected. If you’ve been exposed to chickenpox or measles, see your doctor for treatment. In persons who use steroid medicine, these disorders can be significant, even fatal.